COQUITLAM, British Columbia, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The modern era has been largely good to Bahrain. Unlike its neighbors in the Arabian Gulf who have comparatively large oil reserves, Bahrain has embraced alternative industries in the new century including banking, heavy industry, tourism and retail. As a result it has grown steadily through the past decade, and is currently ranked number one in market freedom among all nations in the Middle East. Lightspeed Communications, a subsidiary of Orange-France Telecom Group, is a major player in meeting Bahain's increasing demand for world-class telecommunications. The company was Bahrain's first alternative fixed-line telecom operator and the first provider in the island nation to launch dual-play (Internet and voice) services. Lightspeed is renowned for providing high-quality broadband services to the residential and small-to-medium business (SMB) markets, as well as a full range of high-performance corporate services including dedicated Internet, Virtual Private Networks, data hosting, Web hosting, and Orange's GMPLS network. At the heart of Lightspeed's Bahrain infrastructure since 2011 is PortaOne'sPortaSwitch softswitch/billing platform. "PortaSwitch is a great all-in-one solution," said Mr. Alain Groleau, Lightspeed Communications Business Development Director. "Not only does it give us a comprehensive, flexible voice implementation that meets the requirements of different classes of customers, but also it lets us deliver additional high-end services that add value and profit." PortaSwitch is a software-based communication services and subscriber management solution that lets telephony service providers deliver a wide variety of business models quickly and flexibly. Capable of handling all the call control, routing, proxying, and converged billing functions of any diversified digital services company, the platform consists of a real-time billing system, class 4 and 5 SIP softswitch, and applications servers that deliver converged billing and provisioning, SIP call control, unified messaging, IP Centrex and hosted IP PBX, callback management, IVRs, conferencing and more.